Production Insight with Hilary Strong

Hilary Strong looks back on a successful 30 year career in theatre production, as Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Greenwich Theatre in London and more recently creating unique children’s shows for Making Theatre Gaining Skills. Q&A session with opportunity to find out more about taking a show to the Fringe.

Located at The Bognor Makerspace, this in-person event is a must-attend for anyone interested in the entertainment industry or theatre production!

Book online here: Production Insight with Hilary Strong | Eventbrite

Free Connectors Health Sessions

We would love to invite you to attend our FREE, FUN and FRIENDLY upcoming Connectors Health Information Sessions at The Makerspace in Bognor. The Community Connectors team at The Makerspace is a partnership with VAAC and made up of Makerspace members.

Our monthly programme will be run by our wonderful volunteer Community Connectors – Kate, Tina, Howard. Their role as connectors is to chat and engage with you about health issues and they will offer support and signposting to any information you require to access the health interventions that exist locally.

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Taster Day at the Makerspace! ?

On Thursday the 4th of January 2024, from 10am – 2pm, we are holding a Taster Day to welcome visitors and spread the word about our new community organisation.

Formed through a partnership of charities and social enterprises, The Bognor Makerspace aims to create an inclusive new environment to support our community. We host a range of facilities for the use of local people, including fitted-out carpentry workshops, arts and craft areas, a large training kitchen and abundant space for rehearsal sessions.

We offer taster workshops and short courses that are open to all, and we host a wide variety of activities each week – no need to book, just come on down and have a look.

Winter Fair at the Makerspace ⛄

The Bognor Makerspace (our base of operations) is excitedly holding a Winter Fair with plenty of craft stalls, gift stalls, raffle, tombola, refreshments, fun stalls and a Santa’s Grotto.

Saturday 25th November | 10am – 3pm
58-60 Longford Road, Bognor Regis

If you’re interested in hosting a stall to sell crafts or gifts, please email or call the office on 01243 345239.

Free Production Skills Course ?

Looking to improve your chances of being employed? Adults can apply to join a unique one-week employability course combining technical, craft, marketing and customer service work experience that will extend their skills and boost confidence.

This full-time programme offers participants who are actively seeking employment practical, hands-on experience of a range of transferable skills such as teamwork, problem-solving and communication whilst also providing on-going support in tackling gaps in numeracy skills.

This course runs from Monday 16th to Friday 20th October, 10am – 4pm and is free for adults without a level 2 maths qualification.

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Open Day at the Makerspace!

On Tuesday 7th February from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, we’re hosting an open taster day at the Bognor Makerspace! Come and try taster sessions of all our three practical courses:

  • Cookery
  • Fabric workshop
  • DIY/Carpentry

No need to book, just turn up and have a go. Free of charge and open to adults of all ages.  Full weekly courses start at the end of February.

For more information contact
or call 01243 345239 (answerphone)

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Check out our two new videos! ?

Our most recent one-week course finished on 22nd March and the eight participants produced an amazing short puppet play called What’s Going on in the Garden?. Aimed at primary age children, the play described some of the wildlife that emerges at the start of spring and the team made ingenious 2D puppets including a hedgehog, owl, frog and even chicks being hatched!

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Toilet target reached! ?

We’re delighted to report that the Bognor Makerspace crowdfunding appeal has reached its target thanks to the many donations from individuals, charity groups and local councils. Work has started today on installing two super accessible toilets and we hope that they will be ready for use by the end of February.

The Makerspace has also been awarded a grant of £8,650 from the National Communities lottery which will enable the installation of a kitchen and cafe area. These important developments mean we can start making the groundfloor space available for other community users as soon as lockdown restrictions are eased.

January 2021: Hannah’s Blog

“My name is Hannah. I worked with Making Theatre Gaining Skills for 2 weeks. This was to put on a Christmas production stage show for children. When I arrived, it was all about trying new things, as we started from bottom up, including assembling the stage.”

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December 2020: Matthew’s Blog

“Before the course, I felt quite nervous about working with new people but after meeting the team I went ahead and joined up. I’m pleased I did because I’m having lots of fun and have met lots of friendly new people!”

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